gain during pregnancy is a given, but there is a lot of confusion
regarding how much weight gain is ideal during pregnancy. Read on to
get all your concerns regarding pregnancy weight answered.
matter what kind of body shape or size you have, pregnancy is going to change
them all. Even though nowadays there is lot of stress on looking and feeling
good during pregnancy also, in reality it is difficult. However, by eating well
and some safe exercising during
you can have a well maintained body and it will also make you feel good.
Although average weight gain during pregnancy is 11.5
to 16 kilos, it varies from woman to woman. The best approach is to stay
healthy, stick to nutritious and healthy food, let yourself go for occasional
treats and exercise within your limits and as permitted by the doctor.
Important things to keep in mind
not opt for any weight loss regime or try to lose weight during
pregnancy because inadequate food intake might deprive your child of
nutrients needed for his growth.
- If you have any concern for your weight gain, ask your doctor or dietician
weight gain during pregnancy, however, is not good for your health
also. It might lead to high blood pressure or high blood sugar.
How to maintain recommended weight
Follow a healthy pregnancy diet
and stay away from fast food and fried items as far as possible. Ask your
doctor to guide you regarding some exercises that are good during pregnancy.
Stay away from the myth that since you are carrying a baby you need to eat for
two of you. However, you will require more calories during pregnancy, but is
not about eating double of what you used to eat before that.
Gaining more than recommended weight
case of excessive weight gain during
the child may be too large and there can be labour complications for both,
mother and baby. These women are at higher risk of having a caesarean delivery
or premature birth.
There is a tendency of gaining weight after pregnancy as well.
Moreover, women who are overweight before pregnancy
are at higher risk for complications. Women who are obese before pregnancy find
it difficult to start and continue breastfeeding properly. It leads to poor
milk production and the mother finds it difficult to position the infant for
Gaining less than recommended weight gain
Women who are underweight when they get pregnant or
who do not gain enough weight during pregnancy have a tendency of giving birth
to a low birth weight baby
or risk of delivering a pre-term infant. These can not only cause health
problems for the baby but can also be
Most women, especially if they follow the guidelines
properly, tend to gain an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy and do
not face any problems during pregnancy or even after child birth. Your doctor
will be able to counsel you about the diet and exercise plan that you need to
follow in order to keep your weight gain within recommended limits.
Accept the changes going on in body during pregnancy
you have been struggling with controlling your weight in past, you may find it
hard to simply accept the weight gain during this period. It is natural to feel
anxious about stepping on the scale when the numbers keep edging up. Try to
take into account that this weight gain is good for a healthy pregnancy and
those extra kilos can be shed after child birth.
Much of the weight that you have put on
during pregnancy will soon be gone after child birth. Usually half of the
weight gain during pregnancy is gone within six weeks of childbirth. For the
rest, it is advisable to follow a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise, as
and when recommended by your doctor. Do not cut down calories right away
because you will need lot of energy nursing and taking care of your
Weight gain during
pregnancy is a given, but how much weight gain is too much? Should you exercise
during pregnancy? Do you know how your weight gain or loss affects the health
of your baby? Discuss